Entrepreneurs Outdoors: Melissa Detloff
This week we caught up with Melissa Dettloff - co-founder of Ocelot Print Shop, owner/maker of Hooray Forever, fellow dog-lover and the vibrant artist behind our past Spring Scarf Printing Workshops. We find Melissa’s vision for her community print shop and classroom so incredibly inspiring – so of course we had to learn more of her story and outdoor adventures!
What city do you live in Melissa? What keeps you there?
A few months ago I moved to Dearborn, MI. I have a nice, well-lit workspace at home for drawing, sewing, and printing. I don't know very much about Dearborn, but I hope to explore it more now that we are out of winter. I have heard that the Environmental Interpretive Center trails are worth checking out. I have, in the short time I've been here, been enjoying Dearborn's library system. I just finished a great book about Andy Warhol.
Where do you go to find inspiration for your work/craft?
I've been going to Belle Isle for inspiration since I was a kid. I like biking there and drawing plants in the conservatory. The Cactus Room is my favorite. I also like visiting the ancient art sections at the DIA.
What's your favorite thing to do outdoors?
Walking my dog, Miguel, and going for bike rides. Walks with Miguel have been on hiatus since the fall when he injured himself, but I have been collecting recommendations for future walks in and around Dearborn. Hopefully that is something we will be doing again soon. He likes to sniff stuff and chase squirrels.
What’s one place or activity on your outdoor bucket list?
I love camping and visiting the Upper Peninsula, and I hope to visit the Porcupine Mountains someday to hike some of the park's trails and be near Lake Superior, my favorite Great Lake. Lake Superior is interesting to me because it's cold and mean and probably haunted.
Melissa is both an artist and a teacher which makes our partnership with her for our scarf printing workshops a no brainer. Last fall, our Scarf Printing Workshop was so popular that we just knew we had to have a spring one! Stay tuned for more details. It’s a wonderful way to get your hands dirty, help us support local artists and urge spring to come more quickly.
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